techmuse (160085) writes "A posting on the Windows Team Blog states that "In the last month, Windows 7 users have used Jump Lists 339,129,958 times!" How does Microsoft know this? Microsoft gathers telemetry for some products, especially those in development. Does it also gather it for products on the market? What exactly does it track? Are most users aware of this (beyond a screen that says "Help make Windows better"?)" Link to Original Source top
techmuse (160085) writes "The San Jose Mercury Newsreports that the California state legislature wants to put electronic advertising on your license plate. The plate would display standard plate information when the car is moving, but would also display ads when the car is stopped. Not distracting or annoying at all!" top
techmuse (160085) writes "Ya gotta take the link to Google Maps Australia and type in two locations to see Google's new Optimise for Colloquial Cultural Articulation (OCCA) enhancement to its maps. Hoof it and have a go!" top
techmuse (160085) writes "The New York Times has an opinion article by a former Microsoft manager today on why Microsoft has failed to develop innovative products over the past decade or so. Reasons cited include infighting between internal groups, who want to protect their own territory, poor timing, and lack of willingness to invest in hardware in addition to software. According to the article, good technologies are often developed internally, but then fail to make it to market because the groups responsible for existing products refuse to integrate them." Link to Original Source top
techmuse (160085) writes "President Barack Obama has just been awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples"." top
techmuse (160085) writes "As shown at this discussion, Hulu seems to have lost the ability to display anything but ads to its users. Is a site like Hulu a reasonable replacement for watching over the air broadcasts when it can lose the ability to stream television at all?" top
Comcast seeking control of both pipes and content?
techmuse (160085) writes "Reuters reports that Comcast may attempting to use its huge cash reserves to purchase a large media content provider, such as Disney, Viacom, or Time Warner. This would result in Comcast controlling both the delivery mechanism for content, and the content itself. Potentially, it could limit access to content it owns to subscribers to its own services, thus shutting out competing services (where they still exist at all)." top
techmuse (160085) writes "AT&T has changed its terms of service (including for existing contracts)to prevent class action suits. Note that you are already required to submit your case to arbitration, a forum in which consumers are often at a substantial disadvantage. Now you must go up against AT&T alone." top
Google Earth 5 installs updater with security risk
techmuse (160085) writes "Google Earth 5.0 requires the installation of Google Update Engine, software that runs in the background on your computer that can update old software and install new software. "It can even update kernel extensions, regular files, and root-owned applications," according to the update engine page. In its installer, Google claims "Google Software Update verifies updates and is safer than downloading files from the Internet yourself," however security conscious users may find this assertion questionable. If you don't want the updater, no Google Earth for you...and no obvious way to remove the updater is provided if you accept its installation." top
techmuse (160085) writes "Lexus has announced plans to send targeted messages to buyers of its cars based on the buyer's zip code and vehicle type. Unlike regular spam, these messages will be delivered directly to the buyer's vehicle, and will play to the vehicle's occupants as audio. Lexus has promised to make the messages relevant to the car buyers.
As a purchaser of a car, would you want these messages delivered to your car and read to you?" top
techmuse (160085) writes "Slashdot.org has significantly changed its interface for only the second or third time in the history of the site. The new interface, which appears to be based on its firehose feature packs more stories onto a page, but makes it more difficult to read, and requires an additional click to actually read through stories. Users who greatly prefer the old interface are searching for a way to switch back, and to notify the Slashdot administrators of the usability issue in a way that will generate helpful suggestions from users (perhaps in the comments section of a story on the site.)" top
techmuse (160085) writes "Now that Barack Obama has been elected to the Presidency, it might be helpful if he could receive advice from experts in technical fields who would not normally have access to a President, but who do understand the issues. Could an open source forum of ideas to be passed on to the President be set up? This might function similarly to some of the idea rating blogs that companies like Dell and Microsoft have previously set up." top